For nearly ninety years, the Garden Club of America has been helping advance student research through scholarship and fellowship funding. In 1928, the GCA established the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture to provide an international opportunity for advanced research at the American Academy in Rome. In the years since, the GCA Scholarship Program has grown and evolved, having awarded more than 1,300 scholars since its inception. In 2017, GCA granted more than $330,000 to 86 recipients, including undergraduates, Master’s students, and PhD candidates. Of these offerings, the Scholarship Program awards 28 merit-based scholarships per year across 12 areas of study, including botany, ecological conservation and restoration, and urban forestry, just to name a few.
The GCA scholarship Committee aims to find candidates by contacting local universities, botanic gardens, and arboretums and advertising the program to their interns and students. The committee is made up of GCA staff, community volunteers and outside organizations who lend specialized knowledge to help choose recipients. Funding from local clubs and direct donations from GCA members help make the scholarship program possible.
In 2017, 14 out of the 73 scholarships offered were connected to Zone XII. Two recipients were Colorado researchers. The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat was awarded to Megan Jones from Colorado State University and The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration was awarded to Melissa Booher of Colorado State University.
You can learn more about the program and its recent recipients in the Summer Bulletin, or online at gcamerica.org in the Scholarship Committee page. As a member of Garden Club of Denver, we can feel good about being a part of an impactful program.